Why is there EVIL IN THE WORLD?
The question often asked is if there is a God why is there evil in the world.
Would not a God of love eradicate evil? It was H. G. Wells that said that, faced with
what we see around us in the world, we are forced to conclude either God has the
power and does not care, or that God cares but does not have the power. So many take
this discouraging position. Evil is a foreign intrusion upon mankind it is
allowed but does not flow from God as he is love, evil is not the opposite of good
but devoid of anything good. The question of evil has puzzled philosophers for
centuries. If there is a God why does he permit it? If God does exist, why is He so
remote and not involved in our situation doesn't he care?
If God is all powerful (which He is) why can’t He get rid of the evil in the
world? Doesn't this make God NOT all powerful? Just because someone doesn’t exercise all their power doesn’t mean they do
not possess all power. If God were to take care of the problem of evil right now,
many of the people who complain about Him not solving the problem of evil would find
themselves going out with it. So the answer is found in His patience and
longsuffering. He is as the Scripture says, “longsuffering not willing that any should perish but all
should come to repentance.”
Mankind has free will, the entire universe is God's and under his control, but not
everything is according to His will. Nothing happens that God is not aware of or
ultimately is not in control of (set boundaries.) He allows evil to continue even
though it has not originated from him nor is His will. If evil were God's will it would contradict
His perfect and
Holy nature and everything He stands for and has told man not to do.
Man by rejecting God became evil, the more man rejects the more evil he and
his world becomes.
Gen. 6:5: “Then the LORD saw that the
wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts
of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made
man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.”
Rom. 1:28-32: “Then And even as they did not like to retain God in their
knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are
not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,
wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit,
evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud,
boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning,
untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous
judgment of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not
only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”
God did not invent evil, however, He knew it would come about. Yet He did not stop
it, but made a provision for it when it would rear its ugly head. There is coming a
day when this will be taken care of right now we are in position of grace where God
is commanding all men everywhere to repent. First- evil is a necessary part of free
will. Man has free will-we can choose what we want. We sin because we want to
sin it is our natural inclination. We follow our strongest nature at any given time,
we are not morally inclined toward God. As J. B. Phillips has put it: Evil is
inherent in the risky gift of free will. God could have made us machines but to do so
would have robbed us of our precious freedom of choice, and we would have ceased to
be human. We all exercise free choice in the direction of our nature which is traced
to the “fall” of man. This is the basic reason for evil and suffering in the
world. It is man's responsibility, not God's. Why does God permit evil? He could
stop it, but in doing so He would destroy us all. It is worth noting that the whole
point of real Christianity lies not in interference with the human power to choose,
but in God producing a willing consent for us to choose good over evil. He offers us
choice and by doing so a chance to grow and understand the difference.
Evil is contrary to God's perfect will, but not his permissible will. Good and
evil are not opposites. Evil is a limitation of good. Evil is the absence of good.
The lack of good is where evil will thrive. Evil is like rust to a car or rot to
garment. We are to be salt and light to the world restraining the evil influence
contrary to God. Evil is represented by darkness in the scripture and good that comes
from God as light.
Philosophers claim if God is unlimited then he must consist of being both Good and
evil. But evil is the absence of good- it is in itself a limitation of good. Then God would have limitations, and
imperfections this view is contrary to the nature of the God of scriptures. Evil is
like rot to a tree, rust to a car it corrupts good its not the opposite of good. it
is devoid of all good. Good is unlimited, you cannot do or have enough good.
Evil is the limiting factor in good.
If there is a God why does He permit evil. By saying there is evil in the world
one is admitting there is a standard to measure this by, otherwise, how do they know
what is evil. One cannot use the evil in the world to say there is no
God. Atheism argues in a circle and does not offer any reasonable objections to God.
Who are they to say something is evil. Everyone has their own opinion of what
exactly it is and isn’t. So how does one decide if what they call evil
someone else is calling good. This is why there must be an ultimate standard for all
people. Otherwise what is evil today may be accepted as good another day
To be conscious of a standard means there must be a moral law giver. To know
something is wrong we must know first that something is right. You must have someone
who gives a standard in order to compare against it, and only an absolutely perfect
being can draw the line of absolute good. If he has flaws, then his standard will
reflect his flaws too.
Their is only one solution to all this and God holds it. How can one actually
say there is evil without some standard of good to measure it by. And where does
that come from? God. The very presence of evil proves there is a God. God has
spoken specifically on evil and how he will eventually remove it.
It is unsolicited goodness that had people acknowledge
there is A God’’ It is the face of evil that makes people lose hope and deny
faith in a God who watching over us.
If there is no God why punish evil. Why not have let Hitler continue since he was
only practicing his truth - maybe by some he should have been rewarded. As repulsive
as this sounds this is the only alternative to not having parameters made by a
greater being. Who are we to decide what is right or wrong? We have
a moral conscience no matter what society we have grown up in and recognize good and
evil. Man tries to sear that conscience so he won’t feel guilty. The
obvious is there is right and any other choice is wrong and can lead to evil in its
worst outcome. This is why we cannot sit by when evil intrudes on a people, for the
nature of evil is destructive and contrary to everything that civilization holds that
is good. The real question we need to ask is what is evil and what is good? For the
answer there must be an ultimate source to go to or we are left to our individual
Disasters happen to individuals as well as entire cultures because of our general
and individual separation from God. How can we expect to avoid certain natural
consequences if we have distanced ourselves from that Source? If our life,
health, happiness come from God and we reject God's protection should we then blame
him for the evil we ourselves do?
Much of the suffering in the world can be directly linked to the evil choices
we ourselves make as individuals and as nations. It demonstrates that the
world in which we live is in need of change. God's intention from the beginning
was not for us to experience pain (Gen. 2:16:17), but because we disobeyed we now
live in a world where pain is the natural outcome of disobedience to God's ways.
What happens when a someone kills someone. We solace the victimizer having pity on
him instead of punishing him. He becomes the victim of his bad upbringing or
some other issue. This does not promote right conduct or deter crime. We can do just
as much harm when bad decisions are made by governments or businesses that can affect
people promoting suffering to many who live under their rules.
If God loves His creatures He made, then why have death, pain, and sorrow? If he
did not love us then he would let it continue being present to all there would be no
end to anyone’s suffering or pain. Many times God allows pain to have us identify
what can be evil and make us turn from it to preserve our life. One cannot define
evil by saying that it only causes harm to an individual, then what about operations
like an amputation that save a life, would that be evil? To take away something in order for the body
to survive is for the greater good. As would be killing those who want to take over
countries to enslave others, the people need to fight back to protect themselves
from the intruders. Whether its on a grand scale or a intrusion in a home, killing
can be used to protect, so it cannot be considered evil all the time.
Yet there is some suffering allowed by God as judgment and punishment. This
is a possibility which must come into the scheme because he does say he punishes the
wicked, he is not mocked. God usually allows such suffering with a view to
restoration and reformation of ones character, what is temporary is to prevent the
eternal. Those suffering as a result of their actions usually know why.
Just the same as Adam and Eve knew immediately because they had guilt and hid.
The Bible's explanation is that God is not the cause of death, pain or suffering.
“Death came by sin,” and one day God will end it. “And God shall wipe all tears
from their eyes, or death will be no more.” The argument of shifting the
blame to him for all evil and suffering is nonsense when he is the one who will
eradicate it. Just because he possesses the greater power does not mean he must use
it immediately. We try to blame it one every one else but ourselves. Worst of all we
blame it on God when He is the one with the only solution. Then why hasn't He dealt
with the problem of evil in the world? God is dealing with the problem of evil
not in an immediate way, but in a progressive fashion. The false assumption from
the atheist is that the only choice God has, is to deal with evil all at once in one
single act remove it. God, however, is dealing with the problem of evil throughout
all human history. One day in the future, Christ will return, destroy
wickedness, and hold all men and women accountable for the things they did during
their time on earth. Justice will ultimately prevail. Those who enter eternity
without having trusted in Christ for salvation will understand just how effectively
God has dealt with the problem of evil because they may not be there.
If God does not destroy all the evil on the earth today is He weak? God does not
have to display all his power to show who He is the Almighty. When we look at the
example of how Jesus came in humility and meekness he certainly could have done all
and displayed his power but this is not how he operates. There is a balance by his
long suffering and patience waiting for us to come to our senses. Their is coming a
day when this will be taken care of, right now we are in position of grace where God
is commanding all men everywhere to repent.
God also has an enemy and so do we, Satan. He has already been defeated at
the cross, sentenced but is for the meantime free to work his evil on earth until that day of final
judgment. History and experience shows there is a power of evil in the world stronger
than the evil presently in us by our fallen human nature. Evil of course does not only come from the Devil all
the time but man is very capable to do much harm since we are unable to recognize
what is right or refuse to do what is right. If we reject good found in God's standards, who is the source of all morality
and ethics, then there is only the opposite to be done.
Mankind is taken captive and suffers from its own denials and bad choices. But it
is God himself who also suffered and by doing so has solved the problem of
evil. At an untold cost to himself He sent his Son to become one of us. The
consequences of evil for eternity is forever removed from us as individuals as we
embrace the Lord Jesus Christ. Our sin is forgiven and we receive new life and the
power to choose what is right over what is wrong. We are able to know the
difference as the Holy Spirit conforms us to the image of Christ.
One cannot fight evil by emotions or feelings. Because evil, sin feels good. Nor
can one test truth by our feelings truth is either objective or it is not truth at
all. If evil is only opinion, then it is subject to each persons interpretation, and
may no longer be considered evil to another.
People say listen to your heart. Jesus echoing Jeremiah the prophet said, our
heart is deceitfully wicked. What we need to do is listen to the word. God is the
ultimate good and His goodness can be understood by the moral creatures, He has willed
to be like himself as we are created in his moral image and have a conscience. We cannot always stop from doing wrong but we certainly know when
we are doing it. The problem is wanting our own choice, blinding ourselves to our
moral conduct and to our need for change so we can be healed.
God can certainly force everyone against their will to be obedient and good just
as parents could force their children to behave precisely the way they want in some
respect. But He allows man to retain the power of choice. And if he were robbed of
that power he would no longer be man but some lesser species, moral cripples, unable to
discern and grow on our own. We would be like puppets on a string, when He says do
this, we do so as puppets. Would any atheist want this for a solution? I don’t think so. They
would complain about that as much as the ways things are currently are today. They
should look at themselves before they indiscriminately blame God for all the evil in
this world! for it is man's doing by rejecting what God has told him to do to
have a fulfilled and peaceful life.
If blame is to be given to anyone, then the pain, sorrow and evil we experience in
the world must be charged to man. Sin and suffering are not God's doing, but man's by
rejecting what God has given for our own protection!
God is not indifferent or unconcerned “But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the
great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our
trespasses...” While we are in this spiritual bankrupt condition that affects us all
He offers grace out of this condition to us as individuals. Motivated by love He had
mercy on us, reaching into our drowning conditions. But we reject his solution wanting
to swim in our pools of human misery even if we drown there.
The fact is that Christianity alone can deliver man
from the guilt that he carries from not doing what is good or right (sin). Turning over a new leaf and vowing to live a morally
upright life cannot deliver one from their guilt of past sins and there is no assurance
of when one repeats their wrongs. True freedom from guilt comes through faith in
Christ as the One who paid the full penalty for one's sins where they will not
be judged for them. One will only come to Christ when they
realize how far away they have traveled the road away from God. We can’t reform
ourselves but God has given the free solution. When we realize the enormity of our
offense then we can come to receive the solution, our salvation which comes through